Stage 2 Dance Class 'Bangarra Experience' (Issue 4 2018)
Written on the 22 March 2018
On Tuesday 13 March, the Stage 2 Dance class took part in a Bangarra Dance Theatre 'Masterclass'. This class was held at AC Arts in one of their expansive dance studios overlooking the city.
The class was taught by four of the Bangarra dancers who took the students through different movement sequences which prepared them for Choreography. The students then learnt actual repertoire from one of Bangarra's earlier pieces Ochres. The class heard how the movement had been created and what it symbolised, as they were taken through sometimes challenging Choreography. It was an incredible experience to work with a professional dance company in this way and we gained as much through dancing as we did through listening to their stories and insights into their Dance pieces. We didn't want it to end! We thank Ms Bogatec for sharing this day with us.
Two days later, the Stage 1 and Stage 2 Dance class then went to see Bangarra's latest Dance production Bennelong, which was part of The Adelaide Festival. We watched this performance as a Sacred Heart 'community', with many staff and students joining us to see our leading Indigenous Dance Company tell this important story in Australia's history. It was an incredibly moving piece of Theatre that has resonated deeply with our dancers and made all the more special as the students recognised their Masterclass tutors.